ELODIE bLANCHARD

 

Elodie Blanchard is a textile artist and designer. She creates and produces fiber art installations from her studio in New York City. In 2014, she began an ongoing collaboration with HBF Textiles designing four award winning upholstery fabric collections. Her aesthetic is modern and whimsical.

A native of Grenoble, France, Blanchard's obsession with textiles took form in her teens, designing clothes and organizing fashion shows. After winning the public prize at the International Festival of Hyéres for creating a collection of garments that transformed elegant jackets to a one or two-person tent, she was invited to sell her eponymous clothing line at the famed French mail order company La Redoute at the age of 23.

While Blanchard holds degrees in sculpture from the École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris and fashion from the Ecole des Arts Appliqués Duperré, it was at Cal Arts in Los Angeles that she started to work on a larger scale. There, she experimented in installation and performance settings with musicians and dancers. As the recipient of the Colin-Lefranc Grant, she developed musical textiles and crafted entire costumes out of thousands of rubber bands for concerts and dance shows.

Blanchard's intimate knowledge of material and fabrication lead to numerous collaborations with architects on site specific projects. As a result, she formed her Brooklyn-based design studio in 2005.  Elodie Blanchard Studio enabled her to link her interest in textiles with creative problem solving. She  started the project Growing out of Scrap in May 2016 at Wanted design where she upcycled textile waste. This project is growing into full line of home goods and workshops of how to reuse fabric . The first one was at the Cooper Hewitt in 2017.

She has taught at Parsons School for Design and lives with her husband Jonathan and their son Gaspard in Brooklyn, just a bike ride away from her studio.

 
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